In middle of the Vietnam war a Navy surgeon and a nurse fall in love while serving in Vietnam during the war. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.

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Don Jardian
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Brenner
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Lt. Grayson (as David Bass)
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In middle of the Vietnam war a Navy surgeon and a nurse fall in love while serving in Vietnam during the war. Their affection for one another provides a striking contrast to the violence of warfare.

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Dr. Don Jardian. Age: 29. Surgeon. Drafted. Vietnam. Nothing could have prepared him for the danger, the fear, the violence ... or the woman.

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31 August 1984 (West Germany)  »

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Third of five Vietnam War cinema movies made between the late 1970s and late 1980s that featured actor R. Lee Ermey. The films include Purple Hearts (1984), Apocalypse Now (1979), Full Metal Jacket (1987) The Boys in Company C (1978) and The Siege of Firebase Gloria (1989). See more »

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Lt. Don Jardian (Ken Wahl) is seen saluting a superior officer while uncovered (with his cap or hat removed). Naval services do not salute while uncovered. Later, he is seen covered (wearing his uniform cap) while visiting nurse Deborah Solomon (Cheryl Ladd) in sick bay. Naval service personnel remove their covers indoors and are particularly forbidden to wear them in sick bay or a chow hall. See more »

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Zuma: Are you going to eat that rice?
Don Jardian: I had to kill a man to get this rice.
Zuma: Yeah, and the whole fucking valley heard you do it, too.
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A good war/anti-war story, a very good love story
14 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This thoroughly entertaining movie has two intertwined story lines: a talented Navy doctor (Ken Wahl) trying to save lives while coping with the challenges of working in a war zone, and his involvement with a talented nurse (Cheryl Ladd).

Other reviewers have already commented on the superb photographic artistry, so I'll just say that, more than 20 years after first seeing it, what still stands out in my mind is its ending.

It's astonishing that (as of June, 2006), Purple Hearts still has not been released on DVD. Until then, you still may be able to rent or buy it on VHS.


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